If you are looking for quality largemouth bass fishing look no further – Leech Lake will not disappoint you. The average size is on par with the top bass fisheries in the nation. Catch and release is advised in order to maintain this great fishing. Boy Bay and River, Headquarters Bay, Sucker Bay and River, Shingobee Bay, Waboose Bay, Leech River, Steamboat Bay and Moonlight Bay are all prime bass areas. Other smaller bay areas with heavy cover are also scattered around the lake.
Tip…. Leech Lake bass are shallow, slop fish all year – rarely deeper than 4’. Shallow, heavy cover is the key and 35#-50# braided line is needed to pull them out.
Spring: Fish shorelines, bogs, cattails, reeds and wild rice beds. Jig & pig in black/blue and crawfish colors are great. Salamanders and tubes will also work well.
Summer: Fish the same areas but concentrate on pockets, points and outside edges as the emergent vegetation becomes more prevalent. Throw Northland Jawbreaker spoons into heavy cover to locate fish. If they blow-up on the spoon and miss, then follow-up with a jig & pig, tube jig, jigworm, etc. Overcast days are best because the fish are more active out on the edges of cover.
Fall: In the early fall the wild rice will dry and stand up off the water. Once the wild rice has been harvested, lots of pockets can be found that were inaccessible earlier in the season. Bass and pike will concentrate in these areas throughout the fall. Northland Reed-Runner single-spin spinnerbaits in natural colors work well, as will jigworms. As always, a jig & pig is also great – particularly for big fish.
Leech Lake Fishing Tip
Leech Lake bass are shallow, slop fish all year – rarely deeper than 4’. Shallow, heavy cover is the key and 35#-50# braided line is needed to pull them out.